Detroit Film Theatre
TWILIGHT OF THE TSARS: HIGH SOCIETY
Thursday, November 15, 2012
7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre
A Life For a Life (1916), based on a French novel by Georges Ohnet, received a lavish and eye-popping treatment from the most celebrated director of the day, Evgeni Bauer (Daydreams). An army of technical resources were unleashed for this contemporary melodrama, which more then one critic has compared to the work of American filmmaking giant D.W. Griffith. Accompanying Bauer’s film is the comic short film Antonia Ruined by a Corset (1916) made by Czech-born comedian Anton Feriner, as well as newsreel coverage of the vast 1919 funeral of Vera Kholodnaia, beloved star of A Life for a Life – a death which signaled the end of an era.
TWILIGHT OF THE TSARS: Russian Cinema from 1910 – 1919
Banned for more than seventy years by the Soviet government, this astonishing series of cinematic treasures – presented in five programs over six Thursday evenings – provides a revelatory glimpse of the extraordinary quality of filmmaking that existed in Tsarist Russia, right up until the eve of revolution. David Robinson of Britain’s Sight and Sound magazine described the viewing of these films as a moviegoing experience akin to “opening the tomb of Tutankhamen.” Each program has a running time of approximately 90 minutes and features live piano accompaniment by David Drazin.